WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 1945
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
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Detroit ...... ....54 41 .568 ...
Washington ......54 42 .563 12
New York ... ....50 43 .538 3
Chicago ..........50 47 .515 5
Cleveland .........48 48 .500 61/
'Boston..........48 49 .495 7
St. Louis.........45 49 .479 81
Philadelphia......32 62 .340 21%/
*Games behind leader.
Washington at Chicago, night.
Philadelphia at St. Louis, night.
Boston at Detroit (2).
New York at Cleveland, night.
W L Pct. *GB
Chicago.........63 34 .649.
St. Louis........59 42 .584 6
Brooklyn.........55 43 .561 81/
New York........54 47 .535 11
Pittsburgh.......51 50 .505 14
Boston..........46 55 .455 19
Cincinnati.......43 53 .448 19 /
Philadelphia ......26 73 .263 38
*Games behind leader.
. WEDNESDAY'S GAMES
Chicago at Boston (2).
Cincinnati at Brooklyn.
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, twi-
St. Louis at New York, night.
Crisler hack From
Athletic Director H. O. (Fritz)
Crisler has returned from the Friday
and Saturday sessions of the Big Ten
coaches meeting in Evanston which
caused him to miss Saturday's prac-
tice football game at the Stadium.
The Big Ten meeting related to the
coming football season, according to
Crisler, who said that the coaches
discussed rule changed and interpre-
tations in the main. Officiating tech-
niques he added, were also mention-
ed in the conferences.
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NEWS VIEWS COMMENT.
ByH BILL MULLENDORE, Sports Editor
WASHINGTON, Aug. 7-OP)-Pro-
fessional football laid its travel-re-
duction plans before the Office of
Defense Transportation today, say-
ing that approximately 33 per cent
of its normal mileage could thereby
Elmer Layden, commissioner, con-
ferred with ODT Director J. Monroe
Johnson the second time in recent
weeks. No announcement was made
and Johnson and Layden will meet
The League's 13 non-championship
games are involved, and the volun-
tary reduction outlined by Layden
calls . for "stop-overs" whenever a
team is on the road for two or more
Water Travel Planned
Further rail travel savings wouldl
be effected by water travel between
such points as Detroitand Buffaro,
and Detroit and Cleveland, as well
as by limiting squads to 28 men.
Cancellation of non-championship
games would represent a loss of
"about half a million dollars" and
make it difficult for the League to
operate financially, was one argu-
ment put up to ODT by Layden.
It was further said that the
League's non-championship games
fall into the same category as non-
conference games played by college
teams but are nonetheless part of the
The "stop-over" plan would elim-
inate return-home trips by New York
for games in Buffalo and Cleveland,
by Washington when going to Cleve-
land, Chicago and Buffalo, and by
the champion Green Bay Packers for
contests in Philadelphia and Wash-
TWO DISASTROUS road trips for the Detroit
Tigers and once again the American League
pennant race has resolved itself into a chaotic
scramble with no .fewer than seven teams having
more than a mathematical chance to grab off top
While the National League race assumed a great-
er open-and-shut aspect with each passing day as
the Chicago'Cubs entrench themselves niore firm-
ly in the number one spot, no American League
outfit has been able to pile up a lead and hold it.
For awhile it looked as if the Tigers might turna
the trick, but the Tigers have won only 11 of their
last 24 outings, blowing a five-game lead in the
The Bengals were still in front as of yesterday
morning, clinging to a scant half-game edge by
splitting -a doubleheader as the second-place Wash-
ington Senators were idle. The New York Yankees,
seemingly possessed of renewed vigor since the Bor-
owy incident, are in third place, three games behind
the Yankees. Boston, Cleveland, and St. Louis, each
;only seven or seven and one-half games off the
pace, all have a chance to climb should the occa-
sion present itself.
Before Detroit took off on its last ill-starred
Eastern trip, it began to look as if a Detroit-
Chicago Worlds Series was the order of the day.
The Tigers were playing pretty fair baseball by
wartime standards and seemed to be the class of
the league. And, although they won only four
of 12 games on the seaboard swing, the Tigers
did not lose too much ground as the other con-
tenders managed to cut each other's throats.
Detroit returned home and won six straight from
Chicago and St. Louis to bolster its advantage, but
then proceeded to drop five of six to the White
Sox in the Windy City, while Washington and New
York made hay. The result is that the Junior Circuit
melee is still anybody's race.
T DOES not take a great deal of thought to dis-
cover the reasons behind Detroit's downfall.
Manager Steve O'Neill has a pitching staff and
very little else to go with it. As long as the hurlers
could keep up their airtight pace, things went
pretty well, but once the mound staff let up a
little the feeble Tiger attack could not take up the
slack. That is what happened in the East and
in Chicago, and it could very easily continue to
Another factor that bodes ill for Detroit is the
large number of doubleheaders coming up dur-
ing the next two months. Weather forced the
postponement of an excessively large number of
early-season contests,. and those games must be
played off, Now that it appears as if Paul
(Dizzy) Trout may not regain his 1944 effective-
ness, Detroit has only two first-rate pitchers
at its call, and those two men, good as they are,
cannot possibly assume the whole burden.
What it all amounts to is this: Detroit must either
start supporting its faltering mound crew with a
few timely base-hits, or the mound crew must be
bolstered. In Greenberg, York, Cullenbine, Cramer
and Mayo the Tigers have five potentially capable
batsmen who might do the job of increasing their
punch at the plate. On the pitching end, possibili-
ties include the rejuvenation of Trout, the return
of Virgil Trucks, or the emergence of Frank Overmire
or Les Mueller as consistently capable flingers.
So, the Tiger cause is not yet in the hopeless
stage. But neither is Detroit's position secure. The
Tigers cannot afford another losing streak at this
juncture. Six other American League teams are
ready and waiting to make a determined bid for
a commanding lead. And if present Tiger fortunes
,continue, one of the six is going to do just that.
Football Men Practice
For Second Scrimmage
All Divisions of Team Need More Training,
Crisler Reveals; Defense Drills Stressed
Fresh from last Saturday's, prac- stated that one of the purposes of the
tice game at the Stadium, the foot- prategae istho brpgeinividhe
ball squad prepared for a similar ptractice games s tobring itndividual
workout Saturday which will round coaches.
out the summer practice schedule Saturday's game, he said, will fol-
until Aug. 27, when the regular fall law the same pattern set in the first
drills will begin, contest, with every man given a
More Work Needed chance to go into action if the time
Commenting on reports from the allows. He added that his goal is to
assistant coaches who were ia charge give each player the equivalent of
of Saturday's game in his absence, three full quarters in the game, and
Coach H. O. (Fritz) Crisler pointed that the actual playing time may
out that every department of the run over the two-hour precedent set
team could stand a great deal more in the previous workout.
work, and that the defense was espe- Backs Played Well
cially lacking in polish. Arm and It is impossible to pick a standout
shoulder tackling was consequently player from last Saturday's contest,
stressed in yesterday's practice. according to Crisler. Although most
Crisler went on to state that, al- of the backs showed up to advantage,
though the rough spots in this year's he said, the cause is apparent, as the
squad are apparent, the team spirit team has spent around 90 percent of
is "about as good as I have ever seen its time on offensive plays. This
at Michigan." Since no positions week's practices, therefore, will em-
on the team are definitely set, Cris- phasize defensive tactics.
ler continued, the candidates for the Yesterday's drill included routine
starting eleven are working especially drills, topped off by a scrimmage be-
hard. tween the Blue teams, and between
Individuals Observed the Blues and the Whites. Defense
No player on the squad has been was particularly stressed, with spe-
eliminated from consideration as a cial attention paid to tackling and
starter, according to Crisler, who blocking.
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Bob Veach, Old
Tiger Ace, Dies
DETROIT, Aug. 7 --UP- Robert
(Bobby) Veach, who spent 12 of his
14 years in Major League baseball as
a Detroit Tiger outfielder, died at
his home here today after a long ill-
Veach, who piled up a lifetime bat-
ting average of .311, was a cog in
two of the most powerful outfields
in the American League. When he
came to Detroit from Indianapolis
in 1912, he joined Ty. Cobb and Sam
Crawford, and the trio chased many
an opposing pitcher to the showers.
Later, when Crawford retired and
was succeeded in right field by Har-
ry Heilmann, the Tiger outfield re-
tained its fame as a powerful bat-
Veach was released to Boston by
the Tiger management in 1923 and
retired in 1925 after being traded to.
New York and moving to the Wash-
ington Senators on waivers.
Veach is survived by his widow
and three sons, all of Detroit.
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WED., AUG. 8, 1945
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11:55 Martial & College Airs.
12:45 Man on the Street.
1:45-Ellen Mitchell-Al &
1:55-Today's Hit Tune
2:15 Duke Ellington.
2:45 Baseball Brevities.
2:55-Baseball (Bos. at
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6:45-Flashes from Life.
8:15-Put & Take It.
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